Girls Basketball captures a second consecutive WCAC title and wins 9 th straight State Championship
PVI varsity girls' basketball (32-2) concluded an epic season last week by capturing the 2015 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I State Championship. The WCAC championship was the Lady Panthers second consecutive title and the VISAA championship was an impressive ninth straight Virginia State title â€" making it their 16th state championship in the last 21 years.
'Winning the WCAC and VISAA championship this season is a spectacular accomplishment for our school," said Scott Allen, Varsity Head Coach. "What's truly amazing is our team had to win five tournament games in a six-day period to capture these two championships. Our players were physically exhausted and emotionally drained but they never gave up. Instead, their mental toughness took over and they powered PVI to victory. Words cannot express the respect and admiration I have for their performance last week."
Snowstorms forced the postponement of two WCAC tournament games. The subsequent rescheduling of those games created a compressed tournament schedule with minimal recovery time between games.
It started on Monday, February 23, when PVI played St. John's in the WCAC quarterfinal playoff game. The Lady Panthers came out on top with a 61-49 victory. On Wednesday, the varsity girls beat St. Catherine's from Richmond, VA, 69-29 in the VISAA state quarter final game at the PAC. The next day, PVI traveled to American University's Bender Arena for the WCAC championship and defeated Good Counsel 49-47 in an emotionally charged game. With no time to celebrate or recover, The Lady Panthers were on the road Friday morning to Charlottesville, VA, for the VISAA state semifinal game. In that match up, PVI defeated Bishop Ireton 65 to 48, and that set the stage for the state championship game on Saturday, February 28, against rival Bishop O'Connell. This game was not only for the state championship title but it had an extra layer of pressure, emotion and intensity because it was a rivalry game. In the end, PVI hoisted up the state championship plaque by beating O'Connell 56-48.
Immediately after the state championship game and awards ceremony, the "players sprinted to the locker room and erupted into loud cheers and spontaneous singing,"said Allen. That's when winning the two championships really sunk in and it was time to celebrate. After six grueling days and playing against some very talented teams in three different cities, the physical and emotional grind was over. "It was also a bittersweet moment as we said goodbye to our seniors and thanked them their leadership. There wasn't a dry eye in the room."
The 2014-15 season with 32 wins was the best ever for The Lady Panthers as well as going 43-1 in the last two years vs WCAC Schools. They won the Junior Orange Bowl Tournament last December in Miami, FL, WCAC regular season champion, WCAC tournament champion and the Virginia State champions. They are ranked number one in the Washington Post, number one in the State of Virginia and currently 9th in the country by ESPN The PVI girls' program - varsity, JV, freshman - dominated the DC-Maryland-Virginia region this season with a combined record of 70-3 and did not lose a game in the WCAC.
"This team is a very special to me," added Allen. "They are champions on and off the basketball court. Their classroom performance has been exceptional and they are really good people. I am the luckiest coach in the world to have this caliber of student athletes in the PVI program."
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Paul VI Captures First Ever Girls WCAC Championship!! Court Storm
Amazing Ending to the Season!!!
The Lady Panthers capped off their amazing season by winning their first ever WCAC Championship last Tuesday by defeating St John's 57-54! It was an incredible game that featured several lead changes and ties.
Later that week on Saturday, the dream season continued as PVI won its 8th consecutive State Championship defeating St Anne's Belfield 62-32 in Charlottesville VA. The Lady Panthers finished with an incredible overall record of 29-5 and won sixteen straight games to finish off the season.
Several PVI players were named in the All WCAC awards. Ariana Freeman (WCAC Player of the Year) and first team and Lindsey Oblitey was named first team All WCAC. Jasmine Whitney & Jonquanae Cole were named to the Second Team. Kayla Meador, Kendall Hunter, and Raven James received Honorable Mention.
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We really appreciate all the support this season especially this past week. Thank you all for everything!
Coach Allen named Russell Athletic WBCA District 2 Coach of the Year
Congrats to Coach Allen on being named Russell Athletic Womens Basketball Coaches Association District 2 Coach of the Year.
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Lady Panthers 7 PEAT State Champs!
The PVI Girls' Varsity Basketball team capped off their historical 2012-2013 season with winning their seventh consecutive VISAA Division I State Championship Saturday defeating Liberty Christian 73-53 in the finals at the Wakefield School in Plains, VA. The #1 seeded Lady Panthers defeated Ireton in the quarter-finals Wednesday and St. Annes Belfield Friday in the semi's. The win ended an amazing season for the girls who ended with a girls' basketball school record of 29-4. The Lady Panthers also finished tied for second in the WCAC regular season and third overall in the league. During the year, PVI started the season 23-0 and was ranked as high as #6 in USA Today nationally, top ten in ESPN National Girls' Basketball Rankings, top ten in Max Preps National Rankings as well as # 1 in the Washington Post, and # 1 in the state of Virginia. PVI will finish ranked in the Top 20 nationally in all of these polls as well as top 5 in the Washington Post and top three in DC Sports Fan. A very special way to send all nine seniors out on top with a win in their last game and cap off a legacy that will be hard to replace. The support of the parents, fans, and school community was second to none this year and we cannot thank everyone enough for all of their support.
CYO Night 2013!